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Can drowsy driving cause Ohio car accidents?

When you get behind the wheel of an automobile, you need to be completely alert at all times. It only takes one mistake to cause an accident. It only takes one second to doze off and put yourself, as well as others, at risk.

There is no denying the fact that drowsy driving can cause a motor vehicle accident. Many people associate this with truckers, but anybody who is operating a vehicle could be drowsy to the point of increasing the chance of causing an accident.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, fatigue or sleepiness can cause the following:

-- Impaired reaction time

-- Impaired vision

-- Impaired judgment

-- Difficulty processing information

-- Decreased performance

-- Increase in aggressive behavior

As you can see, one or more of the above could cause trouble on the roadway. For example, if your reaction time is impaired, you may not be able to slow down before colliding with another vehicle. If you are alert, you have a better chance of making a decision that allows you to avoid trouble.

Even if you are completely awake and feel good about your current state of mind, you don't know if others on the road are in the same position. It only takes one person who is drowsy to cause an accident that harms or kills others.

Drowsy driving has been proven to increase the chance of an accident. Do your part by only getting behind the wheel if you are awake and alert. Also, try to avoid anybody who appears to be driving in an erratic manner. This can help you avoid an accident and subsequent injuries.

Source: National Sleep Foundation, "Facts," accessed March. 26, 2015

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